Friday, September 30, 2011

Life's Not Fair!

Bill Rice Ranch - First Light Devotionals 

Esther 3:1 "After these things did king Ahasuerus promote Haman the son of Hammedatha the Agagite, and advanced him, and set his seat above all the princes that were with him."


Life's Not Fair!


Life isn't fair. Have you noticed this fact? Actually, I'm glad it is not! I am glad that God is in control, not the events of life or happenstance. Though you will not find the name of God written in the book of Esther, God is imprinted on every page, every chapter, and every verse. You can't find a more obvious example of God's providence than the story of Esther!


Sometimes it seems like life is governed by impulsive, undiscerning authorities. Such was the case in Esther's day. King Ahasuerus loved Esther and gave her his kind favor, yet he also was kind to the wicked Haman who desired to slaughter an entire race of people! As you may know, the position of queen wasn't exactly like winning the lottery; it didn't end so well for the previous woman! It would have been easy for Esther to see life as cruel and unfair and governed by impulsive authorities. Have you ever felt the same way about your life?


Sometimes it seems like life is governed by random events. Things just do not seem to have rhyme or reason. The book of Esther is full of what seems like random events. Esther "just so happens" to be chosen by the king, Mordecai "just so happens" to save the king's life, and Haman "just so happens" to be near the king's court when Mordecai is rewarded. Can't you see how Esther could have viewed her life as a series of random events? Does your life ever seem this way?


You do not find God's name one time in the story of Esther. You may not see His name, but you can see His face on every page! What seemed like the random events and selfish wishes of an impulsive leader were all in the hand of God. Life isn't fair. It wasn't in Esther's day, and it won't be today. Even when you cannot see God in the events of your life, you can know that He is in control. When life is out of your control, you can know that God is in control of your life. When you get to the end of the story in Esther, you can't help but see the providence of God. While you do not know the end of the story of your life, trust the God that made this world and made you!




Prayer Requests: 

1. Service tonight in Nashville, TN

2. Ranch evangelists preaching this weekend in Beloit, WI; Franklin, TN; and Saginaw, MI



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